Laura Dekker, born in the Netherlands, 14 years, will start this Wednesday her global circumnavigate and sail for Portugal from where she will launch her bid to become the youngest person to sail around the world solo.

Dutch authorities, however, have opposed this plan in view of her age initiating an international discussion about the rights of the government. In July 2010, the Dutch court announced that she is allowed to sail the world solo.

Laura will start sailing from the Netherlands on August 4th, 2010 headed for Lisbon, Portugal, around 1000 nm. But this will not be part of the solo circumnavigation, as she will have other people on board. The voyage to Portugal will include boat testing and boat training for her. After adjusting any problems that has shown up, she will start solo from Lisbon at a later date. Her first stop will then be Madeira island.

Laura Dekker’s website

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Gordon Heyward · August 6, 2010 at 7:57 am

Good luck Laura. I will be following your blog. I followed Jessica and also Abby. I see you are going a different way and having a few stops. If you call in at NZ I might even see you.
Gordon

Emma Couper · August 24, 2010 at 9:15 am

Good luck. Keep doing what you are doing. We are doing a essay about you. Are you living your dream? Good on you. From Wesley, Chelsea, Rian and Dylan in Glasgow, Scotland

Shannon Arthur · August 26, 2010 at 10:05 pm

hi laura,
my name is shannon, i am doing an iquiry on pioneer women for school. i live near the tallest mountain in New Zealand. are you living the dream. what is the best part about it

From Shannon
P.S please write back

Donald Zutterman · August 29, 2010 at 8:39 am

HET IS EEN DROOM VOOR JOU LAURA VEEL SUCCES OP UW WERELDZEILREIS

MADEIRA HET BLOEMENEILAND EEN DRIJVENDE THUIN IS HET MOOISTE STUKJE NATUURSCHOON VAN EUROPA EN IS AL EEN KLEINE WERELD OP ZICHZELF IK BEN BLIJ DAT JE BESLIST HEBT OM ER ALS EERSTE STOP EENS AAN TE LEGGEN ….VAN DONALD ZUTTERMAN & BERNADETTE CORNETTE UIT AALTER EN DEINZE , BELGIE

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